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14 Things We Learned From The Orlando Magic 30 for 30

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Written By: Bryan Crawford

ESPNs 30for30 film series tells wonderful stories related to sports; many we’re familiar with and others we might be hearing for the very first time. But the real beauty of 30for30 is that it takes us behinds the scenes and gives us insights that ultimately make us better and more knowledgeable sports fans.

“This Magic Moment” is the 81st film in the 30for30 catalog and tells the story of the Orlando Magic, who joined the NBA as an expansion team in 1989 along with the Minnesota Timberwolves. Unlike most teams that are brand new to the League, the Magic rose to the top of heap faster than any team in history.

Call it luck or call it fate, but spearheading the team’s ascension to the top were Shaquille O’Neal and Anfernee Hardaway. One was an all-world big man out of LSU that they called “The Diesel.” The other was a 6-7 point guard out of tiny Memphis State that they called the second coming of Magic Johnson with one of the coolest nicknames ever, “Penny.”

If you follow the game of basketball and consider yourself somewhat of a hoops historian, then you probably already know these things. But here are 10 other facts from This Magic Moment that you might not have known before the film: